Goodell Bonanza – the best homestead apple peeler
In good years I tend to pick put up a lot of apples – several hundred pounds – and much of those need to be peeled and cut.
Over the years I’ve used a few different styles of apple peeler including the modern hand cranked unit that seems ubiquitous – and frankly for it’s low price is a pretty good deal. What really sucks on it is the attachment – suction cup stink.
I’ve also used the Reading 78 peeler which is a design dating back to 1878. It does and ok job but at the end of the day isn’t in my view significantly better than the much cheaper modern design.
Neither of these really are production units but they do get the job done.
But, let’s be honest, when the opportunity presents to pick and process bushels of apples the processing side needs to be fast and easy and that is where the Goodell Bonanza apple peeler comes in. I think this has to be the best homestead apple peeler by far. It peels and cores an apple in about a second and then is ready to go for another. That type of production rate makes taking advantage of the opportunity to pick and process loads of apples realistic.
Perhaps then it’s reasonable for these units to routinely sell for many hundreds of dollars – nothing comparable has been produced in many decades and these are awesome pieces of kit.
But, here’s where having some skills can really come in handy. I was able to pick my Bonanza up for a fraction of the price that they usually change hands for because of a couple of cracks in parts. I know that these faults scared away most other bidders – but I was confident that I could braze any broken cast iron parts or machine new ones if the cracks grew. As it turns out that hasn’t been necessary even with the heavy use the unit has seen.
Already this season three bushels of early apples have been passed through this unit and since this is a great apple year – compensating maybe for the complete blueberry crop failure and the near failure of the strawberry crop in our area – its only the start having the Bonanza makes the process not just reasonable but pleasurable.